Tigers Split Matches With Davis & Michigan

Tigers Split Matches With Davis & Michigan

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The women's water polo team split a pair of matches in their final day at the Stanford Invite on Sunday.

The Tigers took a 10-8 victory over No. 13 UC Davis but surrendered a two-point advantage and would fall to eighth-ranked Michigan late by a final score of 11-9.

 UOP wraps up the weekend moving to an overall record of 2-2. Davis drops to 3-4 while Michigan also improves to a 3-4 record. 


Pacific vs. Davis - In Case You Missed It:

  • Pacific took advantage of their offensive drives in their first match tallying five unanswered goals to get in front of the Aggies in the opening quarter.
  • A 8-1 Tiger lead following the half, however, would eventually be trimmed down by Davis as they registered score four goals in the third frame and three in the fourth to pull them within two scores. 
  • Lockdown defense and a key save by Clara Vulpisi would be the difference maker for the Orange and Black as they held UC Davis scoreless in the final minute and won their first match of the day.

First Period:

  • The Tigers were nearly perfect in the opening frame shooting 5-6 from the field against UC Davis. 
  • Viktoria Tamas would connect on her first three shots in the period recording a hat trick to lead the Orange and Black.
  • Vulpisi made her presence known in the cage recording five of her 12 saves in the first period to go along with one steal.

Second Period:

  • Pacific would convert on 2-3 powerplay drives in the quarter as Brianna Utas (4:03) and Savannah Fitzgerald (3:07) each recorded a score. 
  • A block and save by Vulpisi followed by a dish off to Smodicz would earn the Tigers their third goal of the frame giving them a comfortable seven point cushion, 8-1, heading into halftime.
  • The Tigers held UC Davis to just one goal in the first two periods off 1-15 shooting. 

Third Period:

  • UOP found themselves on the defensive end the majority of the third as the Aggies poured in four goals to cut the margin in half.
  • The Tigers would go four minutes without tallying their a shot on goal. Duarte and Tamas would eventually score with three minutes remaining.
  • The Aggies outshot the Tigers 9-5 in the period. 

 Fourth Period:

  • The Orange and Black would be held without a goal in the final frame. 
  • Davis capitalized on the Tigers' offensive woes as they scored three straight to pull them within two, their closest margin since 6:05 left in the first period.
  • UOP stayed strong however holding Davis without a goal for the final two minutes of play. Clara Vulpisi would come up clutch for her team as the freshman goalie made a key save on an Aggie attack. Pacific secured the victory after that point. 

Notables:

  • Clara Vulpisi recorded a career-high 12 saves in the Tigers' contest. The freshman from Montreal, Quebec matched her previous career-high mark, 9 saves, last night against Cal. 
  • Szmodics proved she could be both a facilitator and scorer for the Tigers tallying four assists to go along with a pair of goals. This would be the first time Szmodics logged four or more assist since her freshman year, which she did four times that season.
  • Savannah Fitzgerald drew a career-high five exclusions against the Aggies.

 

Pacific vs. Michigan - In Case You Missed It:

  • In a neck-and-neck battle with No. 8 Michigan, the Tigers would take a 9-7 lead approaching the end of the third quarter but could not stay in front being outscored 4-0 in the nine minutes of the match. 
  • Mariana Duarte and Viktoria Szmodics ecah tallied in a pair of goals to lead the Tigers while freshman Lucy Davis would record one goal and two assists. 

First Period:

  • Brinnley Barthels got things started for the Tigers at the six minute mark, opening the match with a powerplay goal (6:17).
  • Michigan would go on a 2-0 run but UOP responded with a goal from Lucy Davis with 2:44 to go.
  • After a UOP turnover and Wolverine score, a Michigan exclusion on the other end helped set Duarte with a 6-on-5 goal evening the score at 3-3. 

Second Period:

  • The two teams would trade possessions before Michigan scored the first goal of the period at the five-minute mark. Szmodics would answer back for the Tigers (4:12) off an assist from Davis to knot up the score once more.
  • The Orange and Black responded to a 2-0 Michigan run with a Duarte goal (1:35) and last-second goal by Utas. This tied the match up at six a piece heading into halftime.

Third Period:

  • UOP snagged it's first lead of the game at 3:28 after an even-strength goal by Szmodics. This put the Tigers up 8-7.
  • Truly Dorland (1:40)  added to the lead for her team sinking her only goal of the match past a Michigan defender for the 9-7 edge. 
  • Michigan's Maddy Johnston registered another goal for Michigan with one minute to go, cutting Pacific's lead in half and ending the period.

Fourth Period:

  • The Tigers would be held to four shots in the final period. Duarte led the pack with two shots on goal.
  • UOP committed two exclusions in the fourth quarter, both of which turned into powerplay drives and goals for the Wolverines. 
  • Michigan tied up the match with a goal at the six-minute mark and would add two more to pull away for the victory.

Notables:

  • Seven ties and three lead changes occured between both teams throughout the match.
  • Despite an offensive drought, the Tigers shot an efficient 9-20, .450 percent, from the field. 
  • UOP drew 10 exclusions and would have 10 powerplay opportunities but only converted on four possessions. 

 

Up Next for the Tigers:

  • The Tigers head back on the road to Berkeley, Calif. for a match against No. 4 Cal next weekend.
  • The Orange and Black take on the Golden Bears next Saturday, Feb. 9th, at 12:00 PM.
  • Cal got the upper edge this weekend in their match against the Tigers taking a 9-7 win over UOP.

 

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